Writer of the graphic novel Kill All Monsters. Podcaster.
Wow. Talk about a killjoy for both Reading Comics in Public Day and Jack Kirby's Birthday.So kids reading comics is a sign of a lack of education? It sounds so much like something out of "Seduction of the Innocent", especially since comics have been acknowledge as genuine works of both art and literature with Maus's Pultizer Prize and Watchmen's spot on Time Magazine's 100 greatest english novels of the century.I'm with David on this one. I feel like this woman has struck me down because she has struck against a medium that I love.If she had shown kids watching television and doing nothing, I could understand what she was saying and that wouldn't have hurt me, even though I believe that film and television can be used constructively in certain situations.Here you have young children, reading comics of their own accord. So the message here is that without teachers kids will decide for themselves what they what to read? The worst I could get out this picture by itself is that they should turn on some lights so that they can see the pages better.I'm sorry to get on my soapbox here, but this is really starting to get under my skin. It honestly reminds me of those environment awareness ad from a few years back were a famous monument like the Statue of Liberty or Lincoln Memorial being submerged or destroyed and the copy ranting about driving your car is killing the environment, its just cheap scare tactics that distract from the issue.If preventing teacher layoffs is what you want to promote, then focus on the positive elements. Perhaps a stock photo of a teacher in a class of children, or if you want to go to extremes, show a teacher being overwhelmed by having to teach an absurd about of students all crammed into a classroom like a clown car, sort of like this propaganda posters they put in China of multiple children wearing out the two parents, while another image showing parents with only one children being content and happy.I'm just saying to address the real issue. Don't use comics as your scapegoat.
Amen to all of that. I wish that I lived in Maryland just so I could vote against her. She's wrong-headed and woefully out of touch.
Something stupid out of Maryland? I DON'T BELIEVE IT!Yes, I do.
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